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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 546
Course Title: Perspectives on Parental, Community, and Political Involvement in Public Schools
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: The study of relationships between the schools and professional educators and the people and agencies outside the schools which influence and affect them. Formal and informal relationships are identified and positive and negative effects discussed. Strategies for fostering and improving cooperative involvement and support are developed and a practical application is required. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Graduate Standing.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

School and community relations
By Gallagher, D. R., & Bagin, D (Allyn & Bacon)
Public relations for school leaders
By Hughes, L. W., & Hooper, D. W (Allyn & Bacon)
Course Objectives
  • To identify and discuss the relationships existing within the community which influence and effect the curriculum, instruction, organization, and funding of the schools.
  • To identify and discuss the role and influence of the formal and informal groups which exist and function within the school, the community, the state and the nation.
  • To analyze the impact of the various influence groups from professional educator, parental, and community perspectives.
  • To analyze an existing school system to determine what groups have influenced decisions within the last two years.
  • To evaluate an existing school and community program involving parents and/or at least one community group and the schools or school personnel.
  • To develop strategies for cooperative involvement of schools and community groups and organizations.
  • To develop and implement, where possible, a plan for community involvement in the school district which includes several constituencies of the school and community.
    Measurable Learning
  • Analyze formal and informal group interaction in school systems.
  • Evaluate school community program’s effect on parents.
  • Develop a community involvement plan.
  • Implement a community involvement plan.
    Topical Outline:
  • Parent/teacher organizations and groups
  • Political action groups - local, state and national
  • Special interest groups - long and short term
  • School and community relationships -
  • Techniques for establishing, maintaining and improving public relations
  • Volunteers within the schools
  • Public school personnel within the community
  • Business and industry/school relationships such as Partners in Education

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

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    Prepared by: Ann Harvey Date: October 3, 2005
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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